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Soccer Boots Are Your Best Friend for a Good Game

Soccerloco offers a wide selection of soccer shoes and soccer boots. All used for the game, differences in shoe types, models, technology and materials can be game changers. These guides help one select soccer shoes as needed.

Soccerloco carries shoes designed classically with studs catering to a game played on firm ground, soft ground, artificial grass, or on indoor football fields. With artificial grass becoming a more common occurrence during practice and games, players are now expected to play on both natural and artificial grass pitches. Companies are accommodating this change by designing hybrid soles. These shoes are made with excellence for the field. Shoes created specifically for soft grounds have longer studs that take account for wet and damp fields. Similarly, artificial grass shoes and hard ground shoes with short studs designed for support.

With practice and endurance resulting in stellar performance, soccerloco understands the need for running shoes. To maintain optimal fitness levels, running shoes with support, breathable material and a durable rubber turf are available. Off-the-field training is required and running shoes that are soft and supportive do the trick.

With many differences demanded, soccer boots are available in natural and synthetic leather. Natural leathers are known for their excellent feel and ability to conform the foot. They are produced with animal hides while synthetics consist of manmade leather. Manmade leather tends to offer durability and is light in weight.

Are Rangers Ready For Celtic This Time?


Mark Warburton and Rangers truly suffered the last time they met Old Firm rivals Celtic.

During that miserable afternoon, Rangers looked well off pace and were humbled as the Hoops recorded a resounding 5-1 victory.

Now the two teams meet again this weekend at Hampden to decide which one of them will head to the League Cup final on the twenty-seventh of November.

So should this Gers side feel better about their chances this time around?

Well it should be noted that Celtic have still not lost a domestic match this term. But with that being said they’ve suffered a bit of a hangover effect after Champions League ties.

After Barcelona handed Celtic a 7-0 drubbing, the east-end side of Glasgow failed to beat Caley Thistle up at Inverness and after their 3-3 draw with Man City, Brendan Rodgers’ side only managed a 1-0 win away at Dundee.

But this time the Hoops don’t have to leave Glasgow and they also have an extra day to recover. But if Rangers can somehow manage a similar work-rate as Borussia Monchengladbach showed at Celtic Park on Wednesday then maybe they can get more out of the game. It would also help the Govan side’s chances if Celtic made similar mistakes as they did against the Germans.

When it comes to intensity and work-rate then this Gers side need only cast their minds back to April when they managed to outplay their foes at the same venue.

But this time they’ll be up against a different Celtic side, as Rodgers has managed to get more urgency and energy from his pool of players. I’d still suggest that no Scottish side have given them a sterner on the field test as Rangers did on that semi-final win in May.

Celtic captainScott Brown expects a sterner test, although he’s quick to point out Celtic’s threats:

“It’s going to be a lot harder game, but we’ve got that pace and quality and we have been scoring goals.”

Warburton will be buoyed by his teams return to winning ways this month, both coming with two clean-sheets.

Those wins haven’t made the question marks over the defence disappear. They still don’t seem to have a settled partnership in the central defensive positions and they still look slow and vulnerable in that area. I would get the feeling that Moussa Dembele is still feeling confident about playing this Gers team.

If Joey Barton had a negative influence on those around him, then he’s no longer there to hamper things in the engine room. The midfield certainly need to be more competitive in the engine room this weekend.

Veteran midfielder Niko Kranjcar has improved as his fitness gets better. His touch can be classy and he obviously has a good eye for a pass. But I still doubt he’s ready to provide a full shift, especially in a battle against Celtic’s midfield. So it will be interesting to see if he starts or comes on from the bench.

But even if Rangers are better and more accomplished than they were last month at Parkhead, that still might not be enough to put Celtic to the sword. It might just make the score more respectable.

Rangers don’t just have defensive issues coming into this game, they also struggle to kill games off.

Against Aberdeen, despite having the greater amount of possession and creating more chances, the Light Blues would leave Pittodrie in defeat. That was the worst case scenario but it has happened a few times this season, with the Ibrox side failing to beat Kilmarnock, Hamilton Accies and Ross County already this year.

So looking at it Celtic might still be too strong for Rangers this Sunday.

Although Old Firm clashes can often be the ultimate games to bring managers back down to earth and if they can give Brendan Rodgers his first bloody nose in Scotland, then others might see a weakness there to be exploited.

But it’s extremely important that Mark Warburton’s side can at least make a game of it.

Another poor performance or a heavy defeat could see more Gers fans question why the club has been in decline since April and whether or not Warburton is the man to guide them to the top again.

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Will European Hangovers Affect The Big Boys?

With a European interval breaking up an otherwise unrelenting Premier League schedule this week, the league’s also-rans will be hoping weary legs offer some solace this Saturday and Sunday. Indeed, anytime the league’s top dogs are sent away to battle against Europe’s finest, it gives those who failed to qualify a chance to push the pace and pressure some potentially tired legs.

This weekend is one of those times and, as we hurtle towards week nine of the Premier League season, we have some interesting matches to look forward to. With Arsenal, Leicester City, Manchester City and Tottenham all on Champions League duties this week, we could see some unexpected results when the scores start to roll in.

Arsenal vs. Middlesbrough

For Arsenal, a home tie against Middlesbrough should be a fairly routine win. However, if the Gunners’ recovery period from their win over Bulgaria’s Ludogorets doesn’t go to plan, it may give Middlesbrough an opening to snatch a vital point. In fact, one statistic that does appear to be somewhat favourable to Aitor Karanka’s men is their defensive record.

Eleven goals against isn’t bad for a club languishing in 17th; especially when you compare it to Hull’s (16th) 20 against and Stoke City’s (18th) 16 against. What’s even more impressive is that ‘Boro have only conceded two goals more than Arsenal who sit second place in the league.

Unfortunately, as impressive as that fact is, Arsene Wenger’s men have been firing on all cylinders this season. 19 goals in just eight games is a better strike rate than everyone else except Man City (also 19 goals). To add to Arsenal’s attacking prowess, Middlesbrough will be forced into a defensive change on Saturday.

Because Calum Chambers isn’t eligible to play against his parent club  (he’s on loan from Arsenal), Karanka will have to find a new partner for Ben Gibson. A competent Daniel Ayala is expected to step into the void, but having to disrupt an already effective partnership against a club like Arsenal certainly isn’t ideal.

With the Gunners posing such a threat in front of goal, Premier League betting markets have them the favourites at 1/4. If you fancy ‘Boro for an upset you’ll get 11/1 with most bookies.

However, if you’re hoping their defence stays strong and Arsenal are hung-over from Europe, the draw at 5/1 is a solid bet.

Tottenham vs. Bournemouth

For Tottenham and Leicester City, tricky Champions League matches could have much more of an impact given their week nine fixtures. Tottenham will have the slightly easier of the two tasks as they travel to 11th place Bournemouth.

With only four goals against, Tottenham are putting on a defensive masterclass this season and with Bournemouth only managing twelve in eight, it’s hard to see how they’re going to find the net in this game. Of course, if they can replicate last week’s 6-1 drubbing of Hull, then it could be an interesting match. But, it’s fair to say that this result has artificially inflated Bournemouth’s goal tally somewhat, which means their 12 goals for doesn’t really tell the full story this season.

The sensible money on this would be Tottenham at even money, but there could be some value in Bournemouth at 11/4 if the Cherries can continue what they started against Hull.

Leicester City vs. Crystal Palace

For defending champions Leicester, this season has provided something of a reality check and it could be that European football is taking its toll on their players. Indeed, in the media this week, Claudio Ranieri has stated that his primary goal is just to survive in the Premier League this season.

That sort of mentality certainly won’t sit well with the Foxes faithful; even if Ranieri meant it in the context of guiding his players to Champions League success.

Unlike other clubs in the competition, Leicester don’t have the same sort of depth in the squad, and that could be starting to tell already. Crystal Palace have never been a pushover, and with the league advantage over Leicester, this could be one of those upsets.

The current betting lines set by our experts have Leicester at 21/20, Palace at 11/4 and the draw at 23/10. For those with an eye on some value this weekend, Palace at 11/4 could be the one to watch.

Man City vs. Southampton

The final game of interest this weekend from our Champions League travellers is Man City vs. Southampton on Sunday.

In contrast to a European clash against Barcelona (where they lost 4-0), a visit from Southampton is certainly not as intimidating. Despite only tasting defeat twice this season, Southampton will likely struggle away to a City side that’s only conceded eight league goals this season.

Of course, if Charlie Austin can clinch another brace in the same way he did against Burnley, the Saints might just be able to sneak a draw. However, with Vincent Kompany now back to full fitness and no other injury concerns in the squad, Pep Guardiola will be confident in his side’s chances.

1/2 on the home win contrasts with 11/2 for the visiting side on this occasion.

Wait a Minute! Chelsea vs. Manchester United 

But wait, what about Chelsea vs Manchester United? The 4pm Sunday game will, as always, be a cracker, but this time the odds will favour Chelsea.

11/10 for the home side isn’t too far from the 12/5 line our odds makers have set for United. Despite both sides playing below expectations so far this season, these sorts of fixtures always bring the best out in the game’s finest, and for that reason, 23/10 on the draw doesn’t look half bad.

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Could Wayne Rooney Become The Biggest Chinese Takeaway?


Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney hasn’t started a league game for the Red Devils since his sides 3-1 loss to Watford a month ago.

Rooney’s poor start to the season has seen the internationalist banished to the bench as new United boss Jose Mourinho continues to search for his best starting eleven. His dip in form has also seen Wayne drop to the bench for England.

It looks as if the player has come to a crossroads in his career.

At thirty years of age (soon to be 31) it’s becoming extremely worrying for both his club and country that he no longer has the legs to fulfil a proper role for either side.

He no longer seems to have the cutting edge to continue to play as a main striker. Both United and England have players that can lead the line better and are currently more prolific in front of goal.

Rooney also looks lost as a number ten on the big stage. He often drops too deep and he often isn’t near enough to the main centre forward. At United when he plays as the ten, he often slows things down and stalls other attack-minded players like Juan Mata and Paul Pogba.

Playing deeper as a central midfielder isn’t really working for him at the moment either.

At Old Trafford they have an array of midfielders more suited to that position. For Wayne to make that transition takes time and United don’t really have that time on their side. It’s ok playing a few storming thirty-yard passes but more often than not you want your centre-mids to play the easy ball and keep possession. Rooney doesn’t keep the ball enough and he soon becomes a liability in a holding midfielder’s role. Plus let’s not forget that his tackling isn’t the greatest and he isn’t disciplined enough to always stick with his man.

So far in the League, Rooney has managed just one goal and two assists, that simply isn’t good enough. The fact that he has collected more yellow cards (3) than goals or assists is also quite telling.

The dilemma for United is what do they do with their club captain?

Do they wait and see if he can rediscover some form?

Well his form has been an issue for a while now. The striker hasn’t managed twenty or more goals in a Premier League campaign since 2012. Last term he only scored eight. He also hasn’t created ten or more assists in one league season since 2013-2014. Unfortunately the transition from an attacker to a midfielder might not happen for him at a big club like Man United.

The United board will be wondering how long they can justify paying him around £300k a week to sit on the bench or disappoint on the park.

Obviously they’ll respect his history with the side and his previous marketing revenue stream but let’s not forget that he’s put in for a transfer request on at least one occasion.

A major problem for both Wayne and United would be finding a suitor willing to make an offer that they both find attractive.

Maybe the ideal solution could lie in the Far East, China to be exact.

With the new year coming up, we’ll obviously see the opening of the winter transfer window.

Last January it was the Chinese clubs that took the market by storm as they spent big bringing in talent.

Ramires left Chelsea for Jiangsu Suning for a reported £25m, while Liverpool target Alex Teixeira joined the same Chinese Super League club for a €50m fee. Those kind of numbers appeal to European clubs especially when we are talking about costly players being past their peak.

Rooney’s agent would almost certainly have noticed that former Southampton hitman Graziano Pellè’s yearly wage grew to an eye-watering £13.5m when he joined Shandong Luneng.

Just think how much the Chinese moneymen would offer England’s captain to have him star for one of their clubs?

In China they have made it known that they want to attract world renowned players and not many are up there with Rooney in terms of publicity numbers. The owners and the country’s government want the Chinese Super League to be taken seriously and they see the influx of players from Europe’s top countries as a major part of their plan.

An ideal destination could be Shanghai SIPG with Rooney’s former England gaffer Sven-Göran Eriksson where he’d be paired with Brazilian forward Hulk.

In a developing league Wayne should become a star on the park again, as long as he took the task seriously.

It could be a good solution for all involved if Wayne Rooney can be persuaded to take an exciting Far Eastern adventure.

Scotland: The Griffiths/Strachan Debate

My views on why Leigh Griffiths should start for Scotland!

Laurent Koscielny Key To Any Arsenal Success


Arsenal’s 3-2 win over Swansea City on Saturday was enough to see the Gunners join Man City at the top of the Premier League table.

The North London side have only lost once this season and that was the campaign’s opener against Liverpool, a game in which they lost by four goals to three at the Emirates.

After that opening day defeat Arsene Wenger’s side was slaughtered for their poor defending. They started with the young pairing of Calum Chambers and new signing Rob Holding that day.

So it’s with little to no surprise that Arsenal have faired much better since more experienced defenders returned from injury/extended leave and the acquisition of German centre-back Shkodran Mustafa was added to the ranks.

I believe that it has been the return of Laurent Koscielny that was been the real catalyst to Arsenal’s up turn in fortunes.

In his nine games back at the heart of the defence, Koscielny has helped his side keep four cleansheets. The French internationalist has also managed to score two goals, including a vital last minute winner against Burnley.

Laurent is an extremely smart defender and he’s certainly improved greatly with age and added experience. He reads the game extremely well and his ability to understand teammates (as well as opponents) is outstanding. At Arsenal he has had various full-time partners at the back and he usually builds up a good on-field relationship with them.

New boy Mustafa and Koscielny are already reading each others game and developing all the time. That very apparent in their side’s 3-0 victory over Chelsea, where for the most part they kept the likes of Diego Costa and Eden Hazard unquestionably quiet.

Against Chelsea the two went on to make twelve clearances, ten interceptions, four tackles and two blocks between them.

That game against Antonio Conte’s men showed that the understanding between the central defenders can be a huge game changer because while the Gunners duo were strong and effective, Chelsea’s David Luiz and Gary Cahill were all over the place and awfully sloppy.

After the derby win Wenger was keen to say this about his centre-halves:

‘They were outstanding. Committed and technically sound. Overall I am very pleased.’

World Cup winner Mustafa has also been quick to praise his fellow defender and their partnership:

“We are quite similar in the style of playing, he understands things that I do, I understand things that he does,”

“If you have someone next to you that sees football the same way you see football and that you think football, I think it’s easier to play with.”

When Koscielny first arrived at the Emirates it was a bit like Wenger’s arrival, a lot were asking ‘who is this guy?’. At first he seemed to have confidence issues and certainly had dips in form.

But he has now become a dressing room leader and his game has become much more consistent.

Laurent is also very pacy, that’s highlighted more when playing alongside Per Mertesacker. That added spurt of speed means he can quickly make interceptions and snuff out potential attacks or make up ground if someone else in the back four slips up.

When asked who has been his toughest opponent, young Man United striker Marcus Rashford stated that it has been Laurent Koscielny. I’d bet other Premier League forwards would be in agreement with that assessment.

While others bang on about Leonardo Bonucci or John Stones (very good defenders), I think Arenal’s number six often get’s overlooked.

Most teams are crying out for a smart twenty-first century centre-back who can play the ball out from the back, who possesses pace and who can lead by example.

That’s why Arsenal need to keep Koscielny fit this season as he could really be key to any success they have this term!

Leeds Need To Learn Lessons From Revie’s Golden Years At Elland Road


Love them or hate them, Leeds United are a club entrenched in the folklore of English football. The Whites did not have a distinguished start to life in the football league, and it took 40 years for them to make an impact with the biggest clubs in the game. Don Revie’s takeover as the manager of the team sparked an incredible run of success that saw Leeds dominate English football for a decade.

They won the Division One crown twice, finishing second five times, along with an FA Cup and League Cup triumph. The only feat that eluded Revie before his departure to take up the England manager’s job was the European Cup, with the club reaching only the semi-finals under his tenure.

The Revie era was the most successful period in Leeds’ history, and one which is remembered by football fans as bittersweet, as the club were known as ‘Dirty Leeds’ through the decade due to their physical nature on the pitch, which at times marred their triumphs.

Leeds can only dream of such glory on the field at the moment due to their struggles to break out of the second tier of English football. Since their relegation in 2004, the club have only come close on one occasion to breaking back into the Premier League, which came in their playoff final defeat to Watford two years later.

The club have endured two relegations to League One in their exile, and ownership changes which has seen the controversial Massimo Cellino take charge at Elland Road. The Italian has been involved in several off-the-field incidents, and despite the numerous managerial changes he has made Leeds have remained a lower mid-table side in the Championship.

Garry Monk is the latest name in the hot seat, the seventh manager since Cellino’s takeover at the club in 2014. After early struggles the Whites have appeared to make progress under the former Swansea manager and 32Red have backed the club at 20/1 to return to the Premier League this season.

The club face a similar challenge as to when Revie took charge of first-team matters from Jack Taylor. He was meticulous in his preparation and even suggested that the club change the colour of their strip to all-white to match the style of Real Madrid, while he also altered the badge to the LUFC logo on the breast of the shirt.

Revie was ahead of his time in the 60s and 70s, making dossiers on opposing teams ahead of his side’s matches, while also emphasising a strong family atmosphere at the club, ensuring that his players were in the peak of fitness and satisfied with all aspects of their life at Elland Road.

He brought players through the youth team to become the spine of his starting line-up throughout his tenure. Billy Bremner, Norman Hunter, Peter Lorimer, Jack Charlton and Eddie Gray would become the stars of the side after rising through the ranks, earning fame across the globe for their exceptional skill and physical style of the play.

The culture Revie brought to the club was unique and the driving force behind their sustained success throughout the decade. This was the era when players remained at teams for the duration of their careers and majority of the stars of the Revie years remained with the Whites beyond his departure and even through the ill-fated reign of Brian Clough before retiring.

Leeds have failed to reached the heights of Revie’s era in the 42 years since his departure, although David O’Leary did guide the club to the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2001 and a third-place finish in the Premier League in 2000.

Monk is now charged with at the minimum of steering Leeds back into the top flight, and bookmakers 32Red and Unibet suggest that the Whites can become contenders due to their solid form of late under the former Swansea manager. There is young talent on their books in the form Alex Mowatt and Charlie Taylor, while Lewis Cook was snapped up by Bournemouth over the summer.

The fact that their academy is producing quality players is a good sign for the club’s long-term future. That was the starting point for their success under Revie and Monk could learn a great deal from the example of one of his predecessors to guide the Whites back into the Premier League.

Interview With Ayr United’s Ian McCall

An in-depth chat with Ayr United gaffer Ian McCall.

We discuss his return to management, his goals for Ayr United, his thoughts on the new formats for the Challenge Cup and the League Cup. Plus he gives me his views on improving Scottish football.


Discussing The Failings Of Scotland


My views on Scotland’s woeful performances this week.

Man United: Three Players Van Gaal Should have Kept


It’s fair to say that Louis van Gaal had a bit of a scattergun approach when it came to transfers during his stint in charge of Manchester United

In total he brought in sixteen new signings and released or sold forty players in his two seasons at the helm. 

Some of the players that left during those years raised more than a few eyebrows. I’ve decided to pick the three that Jose Mourinho could be doing with in his squad today but I’d give notable mentions to Darren Fletcher and Jonny Evans who didn’t quite make the cut. 


The Argentine international arrived as a Champions League winner with a British record transfer fee of £59.7m.

At both Real Madrid and with Argentina, Di Maria looked fantastic on either wing. Yet when he appeared for United, Louis van Gaal decided to move the player around to play in various positions including as a wing-back and as a deep-laying midfielder. Yet the Dutch coach never regularly played him out on the wing, where he’s at his most effective. So the United faithful didn’t really get to see Angel at his best in the 2014/15 season.

That being said, Di Maria still produced more assists (ten) for United than any of his teammates that season.

Last term in Ligue 1, after he was sold for around £44.6m to PSG, Angel Di Maria would create eighteen assists and score ten goals. In Paris he managed to strike up a very decent understanding with Man Utd new-boy Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

So you could just imagine how well he’d be doing this season with the Swede at Old Trafford? Before people tell me that his sale helped the club in signing Anthony Martial, well I’ll just point out that they could have had both Martial and Di Maria, and sacrificed the Memphis Depay signing!

Javier Hernandez: 

Often hailed for his great goalscoring instincts by Sir Alex Ferguson, poor Chicharito could never convince Van Gaal that he was worthy of a spot in his United team.

Last season no Man United star managed to score twenty times, yet the little Mexican struck twenty-six times for new employers Bayer Leverkusen and that included five goals in the Champions League group stage. His performances in Germany saw him win the Bundesliga player of the month award four times and he was also selected for the Bundesliga team of the season!

The twenty-eight year old has started this term in similar fashion scoring seven goals in his first eight outings for Leverkusen. The forward’s heroics saw him linked with big money moves to Arsenal and Liverpool earlier in the year.

A potent goalscorer who probably just needed a chance under Van Gaal and who would be an ideal alternative for Jose during this campaign if he was still around.


The Brazilian right-back has never been replaced at Old Trafford. Antonio Valencia will give his all but he’s clearly not a great full-back, while Matteo Darmian’s relationship with Mourinho seems beyond repair.

In 2012-13, Fergie’s final season in charge, Rafael looked to be well on his way in successfully replacing Gary Neville as United’s stalwart right-back. But injuries and changes in manager hampered his progress. His commitment was never in doubt and he was well liked in the dressing room but that wasn’t enough to save his Man Utd career. Louis van Gaal has always had a prickly past when it comes to Brazilian footballers.

Had a decent first year in France with Lyon last term and has started brightly this campaign.

Just needed that warm arm around his shoulder that Ferguson used to give him, but unfortunately Van Gaal just gave him the cold shoulder. Could’ve saved the club a fortune had he been given a proper chance to prove himself again in Manchester.